Topic: Feeling Sick



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: feeling sick. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

illness (n) a sickness or disease that makes you feel bad
She showed no signs of illness.
headache (n) a pain in the head
I have a headache. I’m going to lie down.
fever (n) when the body temperature goes up to high
My body is very hot. I think I have a fever.
stomachache (n) a pain in the stomach
My stomach hurts. I have a stomachache.
flu (n) a common disease caused by a virus; body aches, fever, and feel weak
I think I have the flu. I have a fever and body aches.
cold (n) an illness where you have a cough, feel tired, and sneeze
I don’t have the flu. I have a cold.
sore throat (n) when your throat is red and has pain; difficult to swallow
When you have a sore throat it’s hard to swallow food and drinks
vomit (v) sick to the stomach and the food and liquid comes out of your mouth
My stomach hurts. I think I’m going to vomit.
a runny nose (phrase) when a little liquid comes out of your nose
I need a tissue because I have a runny nose.
cough (n) to force air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound
When you cough, cover your mouth.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you get a flu shot every year? Why or why not?
  2. What do you do when you have a cold?
  3. What do you do when you have a stomachache?
  4. Do you go to work or school when you are sick? Why or why not?
  5. Have you ever been sick in the hospital? If so, what was wrong with you?
  6. Do you think older people get sick more often? Why or why not?
  7. What types of medicine do you keep in your home?
  8. Is it important to eat healthy to prevent illnesses? Why or why not?
  9. Is it important to exercise regularly to prevent illnesses? Why or why not?
  10. When was the last time you were sick? What was wrong with you?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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